It was launched by Stan Ayrton, group beef procurement manager for leading meat processor Dunbia, as part of a new link-up with the company.
The 200ft x 100ft building will enable the college to finish a large proportion of their dairy-bred Continental-cross calves.
The unit contains nine pens that can be split into 18 if necessary, and a state-of-the-art handling system designed for cow comfort and human safety, using a ‘cow flow’ system, which means cows can be removed from pens with minimum disruption to other pens.
A new hydraulic crush has also been installed in the unit.
The college is now able to rear its dairy progeny on-site, which saves money and gives the students the opportunity to get involved in the management and rearing of the dairy replacements. The latest farm enterprise will also allow the students greater opportunity to get involved in cattle showing and explore marketing opportunities with beef and pedigree animals.
It is also hoped that a pedigree suckler herd will be established in due course.
Commenting on the opening, Ayrton said: “It’s a fantastic unit and exactly what the industry needs – young people coming into it.
“It’s a credit to Bishop Burton that they’ve built such a unit. I’m personally proud to open it, and personally proud to be associated with Bishop Burton College and its new beef enterprise. Dunbia is happy to support the College and I look forward to working on future projects together.”
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